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NFL Network Begins Regular-Season Game Coverage In 71.9 Million U.S. Homes

NFL Network begins its slate of regular-season games tomorrow night, and the net is seeing distribution to 71.9 million homes in September. That figure is up from 61.2 million last September, which was right before the net struck a carriage deal with Time Warner Cable. ESPN is in 98.9 million homes in September, the net's best mark since July '12. FS1 is in 89.2 million homes, well above the previous distribution record for Speed (86.6 million last February). There are four cable nets in over 100 million homes this month, the most since April '12.

Listed below are the top 10 U.S. cable nets in terms of distribution for the month of September, as well as distribution for nets with significant sports content.

CABLE NETWORK U.S. DISTRIBUTION DURING MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
NETWORK
'06 (000)
'11 (000)
'12 (000)
'13 (000)
The Weather Channel
91,718
100,050
99,564
101,143
Food Network
90,765
99,569
99,044
100,511
TBS
91,650
100,015
99,323
100,393
Discovery
92,283
99,742
99,010
100,107
Nickelodeon/Nick-at-Nite
91,720
99,485
98,941
99,975
USA Network
92,026
99,355
98,778
99,851
Cartoon Network/Adult Swim
90,862
98,933
98,613
99,828
CNN
92,057
99,216
98,587
99,712
A&E
91,652
99,058
98,447
99,515
HGTV
91,065
98,763
98,377
99,470
TNT
91,971
99,135
98,421
99,274
ESPN
92,285
98,784
98,264
98,852
ESPN2
91,711
98,700
98,235
98,831
Spike
91,655
98,774
97,662
98,793
CNBC
90,267
97,384
96,829
97,379
FS1
68,160
77,742
80,899
89,180
Golf Channel
69,813
83,327
83,936
82,736
NBCSN
70,596
75,439
78,310
78,412
ESPNews
51,533
73,639
74,454
75,774
ESPNU
n/a
72,384
73,067
75,568
NFL Network
n/a
56,530
61,204
71,909
MLB Network
n/a
56,347
69,995
71,321
NBA TV
n/a
54,700
59,536
60,168
Fox Soccer
n/a
39,085
41,149
58,963
Outdoor Channel
28,018
34,417
37,765
39,430
FS2
n/a
32,037
35,859
37,496
Sportsman Channel
n/a
n/a
30,059
32,266
ESPN Classic
62,192
33,267
31,070
30,791
Fox Deportes
n/a
n/a
n/a
20,946
 

NOTES: Figures not available for nets that do not subscribe to regular Nielsen ratings, including Pac-12 Networks, Big Ten Network, CBSSN, Fox College Sports, Longhorn Network, NHL Network, Tennis Channel, ESPN Deportes, beIN Sport, GolTV and Universal Sports.

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